THE RESOLUTION OF The Gentry and Commonalty in the County of Nottingham, presented to his Excellence the Earle of Essex, the 12. of Septemb.

VVherin they declare the innumerable oppressions that they have suffered by the Cavaliers, since the setting up of His Majesties Stan­dard at Nottingham.

Likewise manifesting their intentions to joyne with his Excellence, and to be assisting as far as in them lies, to bring these Cavaliers and evil Counsellers to condigne punishment.

Also the true proceedings of his Excellence, since his Arrivall in Nottinghamshire.

Whereunto is annexed, The substance of a Letter sent from one of the Kings servants, declaring His Majesties great want of money, insomuch that he hath not paid his servants any board-wages since the beginning of this war.


Septem. 15. 1642.

THE RESOLVTION OF The Gentry and Commonalty In the County of NOTTINGHAM.

HIs Excellence the Earle of Essex having passed the se­verall Counties betwixt this and Nottingham, with great joy and honourable welcome was entertained at Lurgyshall, within fifteene miles of Nottingham, on Munday the twelfth of September, where besides his owne Forces, the Trained Bands that were within five or sixe [Page 2] miles came in, to expresse their faithfull affe­ctions to the said Earle, proffering their service for his security, which was with thanks graci­ously accepted, the Earle bearing himselfe so nobly, and affable to all, that even those that burne with malice against him inwardly, are won to expresse an outward love, and to extoll his actions.

Having taken that nights repose, on the mor­row came in all the well affected Gentry and Commonalty of that County, who in a de­cent order (their Horses being rallied in the manner of a Troop, five abreast) waited the comming forth of his Excellence, who had that morning appointed all those Commanders that were in that part of the County, to attend his directions.

His Excellence being mounted, and lea­ving his quarters, was by a Gentleman presen­ted with a stately horse, cole black, a rich saddle, embroydered with black, and gold, with a rich paire of pistols. Likewise three o­ther Gentlemen presented a schedule, where­in was contained the joynt and reall resolution of all the well-affected Gentry & Commonalty of that County, wherein they protested to joyn with his Excellence in any service hee should please to command them, promising that their lives and estates should rest to bee commanded by him for the service of the King and Parlia­ment.

[Page 3] Likewise declaring the innumerable oppres­sions that they had suffered by the Cavaliers, who daily pillage mens houses, drive away their cattail, take away their Armes and mo­nies, cut and spoile their goods, taking away all meanes of living and subsisting; all their endeavours tending to the destrustion of Reli­gion: King, and Kingdome.

For which cause (they seeing the authors of such horrid mischiefes, protected by His Ma­jesty, who should preserve them from such outrages and punish the Authors) they hold themselves bound both in conscience to God, in loyaltie to His Majesty, and in obedience to the Parliament, to use their utmost force to suppresse and utterly to extinguish and bring to confusion, all those that for the maintenance of their own develish designe, seek the ruine both of King and Kingdome: In which service they were resolved to live and dye with His Excel­lence the Earle of Essex, and his Excellence with large expressions of joy returned them thanks; promising that all his endeavours should by Gods protection and blessing, an­swer their expectation, withall encouraging them to continue constant in their Resolution, the King and Kingdom lying now at the stake, and Religion running an equall hazard.

Afterwards his Excellence repaired into the field attended by his owne Troop, the trained [Page 4] bands, and all the Gentry and Comminalty of the Countie, where hee gave directions what should be done for the furtherance of the pre­sent service: Also he tooke order that those foore companies that were bilited in Leicester­shiere, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hartford­shire, and other adjoyning Counties; should ad­vahce neerer to Nottingham, so that his Forces might bee knit and united into a compleate body.

Since the arrivall of His Excellence, the Ca­valiers begin to hide their heads, and to keepe close, so that the Countries are free from pil­laging now.

It is reported that since the Earle of Essex came so naere Nrttingham, that the King is se­cretly gone to Westchester, but I question the truth of it, it being no way probable.

The King is in great want of money, for a letter came from one of his servants, wherein was declared that his Majesty weyes his plate by the ounces, and gives his souldiers for their pay, being in great want of money, and that since the beginning of this war, His Majesty hath not paid his Servants their board-wages, by which meanes many of them are so necessi­tated that they wouldcome home, if they could get so much money as would beare their char­ges.

The Earle of Lindsey having been at Yorke, [Page 5] in his returne from thence to Nottingham, was set upon by some foote souldiers who did it more in hope of money then anything else, but their hopes were frustrated, for having taken him and bound him they searched his pockets and found but poore seven groats, amongst him and his followers, for which the poore souldiers were so vext that after they had cud­geld him soundly with their battoones, they threw him into a ditch, and away they went, not knowing who it was: but on the way they happened to meete with one of the Earls men; who asked them whether they met the Earle of Lindscy on the way towards Nottingham, de­scribing him to them, they told him that they did meete him, and that they would conduct him to his Lord, so seising upon the fellow, they with as much speede as possibly they could, made to the place where they had left him, in­tending to take him prisoner, but before they came there, (by what accident is not knowne, but he had got loose and was out of their reach, onely the fellow they carried before a Just: of peace; who examined him of many par­ticulars, & of the Estates of His Majesties Army, who confessed that he thought the greatest part of his Majesties Armie are Papists, which beare their own charges; yet for all this his Maje­sties treasure was almost spent, and the Lords and Papists hardly able to procure any further supplyes.

[Page 6] This is the chiefe newes hereabout; I doubt not but that you have enough every day. I pray impart some to me the next returne. So I rest.

Your friend to be commanded, VVill: Johnson.

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